Karam Maalawi is professor of aeronautics and mechanics at the Mechanical Engineering Department, National Research Centre in Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his MSC and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from Cairo University. His primary research interest is in computer based analysis and design of metal and composite structures. He has published extensively in the field of structural optimization and wind turbine design and performance. He supervised many research projects related to wind energy, in particular, the design and manufacture of composite wind turbine blades. His current research is concerned with the optimal design of functionally graded material beams, aircraft wings and wind turbine blades. Dr. Maalawi is a consultant member of the technical committee of energy management systems at the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality.